Bay City swimmer makes his mark at meets

USA Swimming Group, taken by Stephanie Koenig. from left: Oliver Spencer, Matthew Brooks, Megan Moya, and Lucie Frick along with a group from Beaumont, we're affiliated with a large Houston-based program known as Swim Houston Aquatics Center (ShAC), said Bob Button.

Gulf Age Group Long Course Championships
   Cypress, Texas
   50 meter course
   July 12-14
      Bay City’s Oliver Spencer (12) qualified for finals in each of his seven (7) events this weekend.
   50 meter butterfly - 1st - :30.69
   200 meter individual medley - 13th - 2:41.09
   200 meter freestyle - 4th - 2:17.47
   50 meter freestyle - 2nd - :27.73
   50 meter backstroke - 9th - :34.32
   100 meter freestyle - 3rd - 1:01.30
   50 meter breaststroke - 15th - :39.75
   Oliver has been training very well this summer.
   He was able to put together 14 (7 prelim & 7 final) races in three days while dropping time almost every time he hit the water.


Hankins new director of BCHS dance team

Photo courtesy of BCISD
Wendy Hankins

   Wendy Hankins is the new director of the Bay City High School Aristocats Dance Team, and has already met the team and begun rehearsals. 
   Hankins brings 26 years of experience to BCHS.
   Her previous directing stints include most recently the Brazosport High School Shipmates/Silver Starz Dance Team. 
   Prior to that, Hankins founded and directed the Cinco Ranch High School Cougar Stars Dance/Drill Team. 
   She also is a former director of the Lamar Consolidated Fillies Dance Team, where in 1999, her head officer won Miss Drill Team Texas and they travelled to California to compete nationally. 
   Hankins began her directing career with the Waller High School Wranglerettes. Hankins has taught grades 9-12 dance, served as dance instructor at Freeport Intermediate School, and coached cheer teams, among other school positions.


Texas Oilman’s Invitational Fishing Tournament

The 18th Texas Oilman’s Invitational Fishing Tournament will be Friday and Saturday, July 19 and 20, at Matagorda Harbor. The tournament is a huge boost to the local economy, as well as for the many charities that benefit from TOIFT generosity.
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Conference USA names former Ladycat Chandi Jones to inaugural Hall of Fame

Chandi Jones had a stellar career at UH.

   HOUSTON – In honor of its 25th season, Conference USA announced its inaugural Hall of Fame class, tabbing Cougar standouts Chandi Jones, Case Keenum and Yulia Pakhalina for induction.
   Chandi Jones, closed out her collegiate career in 2004. 
   Jones was inducted in the Blackcat Hall of Fame in 2005.
   The 5-10 guard from Bay City, led the Cougars onto the national stage during her four-year career. 
   She was named C-USA’s Female Athlete of the Decade in 2005 and was also named the league’s basketball player of the decade and earned a slot on the C-USA All-Decade Team.
   She was a 2004 Kodak All-American, the first in school history, as well as a three-time C-USA Player of the Year (2002, 2003, 2004). 
   She earned First-Team All-C-USA honors in each of her four seasons and is UH and C-USA’s all-time leading scorer with 2,692 points. 


Van Vleck cheerleaders receive awards

Van Vleck High School VVHS cheerleaders and Mascot, above, recently scored big at Texas A&M during cheer camp. They’re earned trophies for 1st place in the Rally Routine, 1st place in the Time-Out Cheer, and 2nd place in the all around Game Day performance. Lucky the Leopard won the Mascot Leadership award for amazing skills and friendliness. Also, five athletes were named All American Cheerleaders: Olivia Schulz, Katelyn Stone, Julia Green, Sydney Junek, and Karly Brown.
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Senior All-Stars win East Texas Section

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   Bay City Little League Senior All-Stars have won District 18 and Section 4 of the Texas Eastern Little League Tournaments to advance to the state tournament.  
   State tournament started July 6 at West University South in Houston.  Bay City’s first game was against Montgomery. 
   In District Tournament Bay City beat Palacios 6-0, El Campo 11-1 and Palacios 8-5 for the championship. 
   In Sectionals Bay City played the best of three against Victoria West.  
   Bay City won the first game 11-1, lost second 5-3, and won game three 8-2.  
   The team coaches are Andy Rodriguez, Josh Perez, and Mike Miller. 
   Players are: Andres Asencio, Kaeden Cortines, Francisco Diaz, Cameron Flores, Margarito Galvan, Seth Garcia, Slade Huerta, Kadin Nunez, Christopher Peralta, Tanner Ryman, Avery Smith, Christian Swanson, and Hayden Zbranek


Balancing act

Sentinel photo/Mike Reddell
A member of the Harlem Allstar Legends keeps the basketball spinning on his forehead as he and two teammates entertain the crowd at BCHS gym at the Bay City All Sports Booster Club fundraiser Saturday night, June 29. See more photos from the event on Page 6.


Harlem Allstar Legends

The Harlen Allstar Legends - former Harlem Globetrotters - were at Bay City High School last Saturday night, June 29. Sponsored by the Bay City All Sports Booster Club, the Legends performed their basketball magic and antics and were matched against a group of former players - including several BCHS former standouts, such as County Judge Nate McDonald. In addition to the impressive range of ball tricks, the Legends made a special effort for this Booster Club fundraiser to reach out to youngsters, like the Little Dribblers who played before the Legends appeared.
Sentinel photos by Mike Reddell


BCHS Cheerleaders go to Cheer Camp

Both the varsity and junior varsity Bay City High School Blackcat Cheer Squads participated in cheer camp hosted by Universal Cheer Association the week of June 17. Both teams earned “superior” ratings, with six ladies being named to the prestigious All-American UCA squad. The five varsity BCHS cheerleaders who earned the All-American rating are Savannah Fernandez, Jaden Jaramillo, Makayla Marshall, Alexandra Chavez, Mallory Grimes, and also earning All-American was junior varsity cheerleader Ella Mata-Perez.


"Tidehaven approves stadium concession stand bid" by: Jessica Shepard

   Tidehaven ISD trustees unanimously approved just over $656,000 as a construction bid to Lynn Construction Company for a new concession stand at Delvin L. Taska Stadium during their regular meeting Monday, June 24.
   Since it was his company bidding for the job, trustee Stuart Lynn abstained from voting.
   “I do want to point out that we’re using local guys to do the work,” he said prior to the vote.
   Other company bids were over $1.3 and $1.4 million for the two Houston-based companies, CDM7 and Fielder’s Choice, respectively.
   “When we had Stuart do our windstorm certification as the lowest bid he saved us tens, if not thousands of dollars for the district,” said board president Stephen Crow.
   “With this concession stand project bid, it helps us stay within our numbers for the entire stadium renovation.”


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